by Jan Teofil Jasion
One hundred years ago, 'Abdu'l-Bahá began the first of His two voyages to the West. Hundreds of people were deeply affected by seeing Him and were inspired by His wisdom, His selflessness, generosity and staunchness. Here is an encyclopedic listing of all of the notables and dignitaries whom he met, as well as the ordinary people. After years of research, Jan Jasion has been able to put together a comprehensive and scholarly collection of short biographies for every one. Not to be missed.
The Association for Bahá'í Studies, North America, (ABS) has placed an excellent review of 'Abdu'l-Bahá in the West by Jan Jasion on their website. For a more in-depth understanding of the interest and value of Jasion's biographical guide, please refer to the review below by Anne Gordon Perry in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, vol. 25, no. 3 (2015):